Monday, February 8, 2010

Pictures from Today's Catastrophe

Here are two photos of today's great "accomplishments". In the first, I tried valiantly to get a good shot showing all the colors in my hand, but this was the best I could do. It was much more swollen earlier, but I iced it for two hours and got it down to this size (which is still pretty swollen). In person, it looks even more impressive. In the second picture, you can clearly see the size difference between my two ankles - and this is also following two hours of icing and elevating. I think a little of the swelling has gone down in my ankle from how it was at first.

Of all my injuries, the hand (and wrist) is definitely the one that hurts the most. I have to do all my typing with only my right hand, and even just the weight of my sweatshirt sleeve causes considerable pain. My elbow is also sporting a very nice bump and bruise, as is my shin. The knees are still sore from being scraped, but don't seem to be bruising.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"